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Department of Agriculture
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Growing reconciliation
Reconciliation Action Plan
2017–2019
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and rangers featured on the cover are Tahlia Durante, Bruce Lansdown,
Rakrakpuy Marika and Allan Epong. Photographs: Kerry Trapnell.

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Travis Power
Assistant Secretary, People Capability
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Postal address GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601
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Contents
Dedication                               1   Tables
Our focus areas                          2   A1 Cultural learning—informs, reflects and
                                                transforms                                           14
Our reconciliation vision                3
                                             A2 Cultural recognition of the longest-surviving
Secretary’s message                     4       continuous cultures in the world                     14
Champion’s support                       5   A3 Cultural acknowledgement—shows respect,
Message from Reconciliation Australia   6       appreciation commitment                              15
                                             B1 Economic diversification—stimulates thinking,
Who we are and what we do               9
                                                identifies collaboration                             19
What we say about reconciliation        11
                                             B2 Cultural acknowledgement—demonstrates respect
Extending respect                       12      and commitment                                19
Northern futures                        17   B3 Biosecurity capability—protects Australia from exotic
                                                pests and diseases                                   19
Inspired partnerships                   21
                                             C1 Events and celebrations—build relationships,
Rewarding careers                       24      deepen unity, value contributions                    22
Collective decisions                    28   C2 Engagement and communication—creates
                                                connections, informs decisions                       22
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
ambassadors                             34   C3 Partnerships and outreach—with networks,
                                                partners and communities                             23
Glossary                                35
                                             D1 Recruitment—increases number of First Australians
                                                employed                                          26
                                             D2 Retention and development—lengthens First
                                                Australians’ careers                                 27
                                             D3 Cultural recognition—of First Australians’ heritage
                                                and cultures                                        27
                                             E1 Shared decision making–influences and promotes
                                                self-determination                             30
                                             E2 Monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvements
                                                of reconciliation                                  31
                                             E3 Procurement—increases prosperity and
                                                shared value                                         32
                                             E4 Departmental pride—promotes recognition of
                                                First Australians                                    33
                                             Figures
                                             1   Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
                                                 reconciliation highlights 2012–2016                  7
                                             2   Reconciliation Action Plan governance structures    28

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Dedication
    This document is dedicated to the collective efforts of all staff who take reconciliation actions. Our voices,
    wisdom and commitment are reflected in the quotes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassadors
    and staff, which appear throughout.

    Acknowledgement
    The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country
    throughout Australia and their continuing connections to land, sea and community.
    We pay our respect to their cultures and Elders past, present and future.
    We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and invite you to join our journey
    to reconciliation.

    Terms of respect
    In this document, the terms Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and First Australians are both
    used. These terms do not reflect the diversity of all peoples. The specific use of the word Indigenous is
    reserved for proper nouns. We have used standard Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
    Islander Studies (AIATSIS) spellings throughout this document.
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this document may contain images, names and
    quotes of people who have passed away.

    Sunset on Torres Strait

    Photograph: Kerry Trapnell

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Our focus areas
•   Extending respect
•   Northern futures
•   Inspired partnerships
•   Rewarding careers
•   Collective decisions

Reconciliation Australia themes

          Relationships
          Strong relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other
          Australians are important to us to build trust and dialogue, advance equality and inclusivity,
          recognise identity, learn from each other and demonstrate integrity.

          Respect
          We respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, lands, histories and rights.
          These are important to our staff, our stakeholders and our communities. Together we foster
          cultural pride, shared understanding, leadership and capacity, agility and resilience.

          Opportunities
          Developing opportunities for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,
          organisations and communities is critical to our success and sustainability. We reward
          critical thinking, develop teams, innovate systems and technologies, challenge limitations and
          embrace diversity.

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Our reconciliation vision
    Our vision is for a reconciled and inclusive Australian society that benefits our staff, our partners, our
    families and our communities. Our partnerships recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait
    Islander peoples’ customs, traditions and diversity. Our commitments are grounded in effective and practical
    action. Our leadership powerfully effects reconciliation.
    Our future workplace is free of racism, all our staff participate equally in career opportunities, our business
    structures and reconciliation actions are aligned and we recognise that addressing the past is critical to
    growing our future. Our workplaces and our work are strengthened by our recognition of Aboriginal and
    Torres Strait Islander peoples and their participation.
    The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed this Reconciliation Action Plan to set
    our path towards that future in the next three years.

    Reconciliation in action

    Ambassador Bruce Lansdown and Henry Epong of Mandubarra Aboriginal Land and Sea Inc.
    Photograph: Kerry Trapnell

    ‘When the day comes that we can all work together and see people as people without judgement—
    that’s the day reconciliation happens and we are truly working together as people.’
    Bruce Lansdown, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassador, Cairns.

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Secretary’s message
                           From the northernmost tip of Torres Strait through to the Southern Ocean, and
                           from east to west, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has a broad
                           reach. We also have significant long-term relationships with Aboriginal and Torres
                           Strait Islander communities. We work with the oldest continuous living cultures on
                           the planet.
                           Reconciliation is fundamental to the work we do and how we do it.
                           We recognise the past and are investing in the future. Our practice of reconciliation
                           turns opportunities into practical action that supports Aboriginal and Torres
                           Strait Islander peoples to achieve equality in all aspects of life—and this benefits
                           all Australians.
The Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 outlines the five focus areas where our energy, wholehearted
commitment and resources will fundamentally alter the future:
•• extending respect
•• northern futures
•• inspired partnerships
•• rewarding careers
•• collective decisions.

Daryl Quinlivan
Secretary and Indigenous Champion

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Champion’s support
                                   Our Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 (RAP) articulates our commitment
                                   to deepening unity, building relationships, extending respect and creating
                                   opportunities in the department, with our partners and in our communities.
                                   We put reconciliation into practice as we employ more Aboriginal and Torres Strait
                                   Islander graduates and trainees, as demand for labour force in our remote offices
                                   increases and as we strengthen procurement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait
                                   Islander businesses. Our Reconciliation Action Plan 2012–2016 provided a solid
                                   foundation, and this plan builds on that.
                              Our RAP creates opportunities for our staff to learn and grow. It lays out
                              partnerships with suppliers, businesses, rangers and community groups. It
    contributes to the livelihoods, landscapes and cultures of our communities. This collective commitment has
    been made possible by the foresight and dedication of our staff, stakeholders and communities, and we are
    grateful for this.
    We are pleased to share our RAP and invite you to share your reconciliation story with us.
    Reconciliation is all of our business.

    Lyn O’Connell
    Deputy Secretary and Indigenous Champion

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Message from Reconciliation
Australia
                         Reconciliation Australia congratulates the Department of Agriculture and Water
                         Resources on its past successes and ongoing commitment to reconciliation as it
                         implements its fourth Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
                         Since the implementation of its first RAP in 2007, the Department of Agriculture
                         and Water Resources has been a leading advocate for reconciliation and has
                         demonstrated dedication to making progress across the key dimensions of the RAP
                         program—relationships, respect and opportunities.
                         The department understands the importance of building and maintaining
                         respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
                         to produce mutually beneficial outcomes. It champions these relationships by
working to promote and encourage staff relationships with external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
stakeholders including Elders, schools, universities, regional communities and consultants.
Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures is key to the department’s
core values and vision for reconciliation. It demonstrates this respect through its commitment to
contributing to the elimination of racism by supporting the ‘Racism. It stops with me’ campaign and
engaging with staff to sign a pledge to the campaign.
The department is dedicated to driving reconciliation through employment and training outcomes for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It demonstrates this in its actionable goal to provide leadership
training and talent development opportunities to 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
per year.
The department’s Stretch RAP signifies its deep commitment to reconciliation in the organisation and across
its sphere of influence. On behalf of Reconciliation Australia, I commend the department on its Stretch RAP,
and I look forward to following its ongoing reconciliation journey.

Justin Mohamed
Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia

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OUR RECONCILIATION
    FIGURE 1 Department of Agriculture and Water Resources reconciliation highlights 2012–2016

             853
               17% of staff responded to Reconciliation Australia

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               Workplace Reconciliation Barometer Survey

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                                                                                                                                                            Ambass

                                                                                                                    Aboriginal and Torres Strait
                                                                                                                         Islander ambassadors
                                                                                                                     supporting local networks
             of staff think relationships between
             Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other
             Australians are important for the nation

           69%
             of staff feel comfortable giving an
             acknowledgement of country
                                                                             $5,419,648                            spent on IPP contracts 2015-2016

    IPP Indigenous Procurement Policy
    Note: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources staff were asked to complete the Reconciliation Australia Workplace Reconciliation Barometer Survey between 19

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HIGHLIGHTS 2012–2016

    First ambassador appointed
    from the Torres Strait in 2016
                                               100% 66
                                                   of Torres Strait and Cape York
                                                     staff are First Australians
                                                                                        contracted ranger groups
                                                                                                     in biosecurity

                          Cape York

 North East Arnhem land

sadors

               Networks

                                                                           $12 4 m  committed to expand ranger activities

                                      Shepparton

                                                          $845,000    spent on ranger biosecurity equipment and training

August and 9 September 2016.

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Who we are and what
    we do
    We help drive a stronger Australian economy by building a more profitable, resilient and sustainable
    agriculture sector and by supporting the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and
    water resources.
    The department has a wide domestic and international presence in more than 300 locations around
    Australia and 16 countries around the world.
    We work in airports, mail centres, shipping ports, quarantine facilities, laboratories, abattoirs and offices in
    cities, regional centres and rural communities throughout Australia and overseas.
    Our skills and experience are diverse. We are policy officers, programme administrators, scientists,
    researchers, economists, accountants, information and communication technology specialists, veterinarians,
    meat inspectors, survey staff, biosecurity officers and more.
    Our work involves collaboration and consultation with many other Australian Government and state and
    territory agencies. Our partnerships and client base are broad and include primary industries, importers and
    exporters, consumers, rural and regional communities, and travellers.
    We employ over 5,000 people across this broad range of activities around Australia, and 108 of those
    self-identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or both. In areas such as biosecurity and natural resource
    management (also known as ‘caring for country’), these roles may be considered a natural progression from
    traditional land and sea custodial relationships.

    Dusk in Torres Strait

    Photograph: Kerry Trapnell

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Inspecting a leaf for pathogens

Solodi Buthungguliwuy accepted the 2016 Indigenous Land Management Award at the National Landcare Awards on behalf of Crocodile Islands Rangers.
Photograph: Kerry Trapnell

     ‘Reconciliation means equality and everyone being able to work together. My
     reconciliation journey as an ambassador is to promote, support and clarify the
     importance of reconciliation to the staff in my region.’
     Kim Bland, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassador, Post Entry
     Quarantine, Mickleham, Victoria
     ‘I am determined to make a difference for my people. I want to go back to my school and
     tell everyone about my job.’
     Dakota Killer, Melbourne International Airport, Victoria.

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What we say about
     reconciliation
     The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group was established in April 2016. These statements
     were made at the first meeting in response to the open question ‘what does reconciliation mean to
     you?’ The statements enabled group members to create a vision. Once spoken, these statements added
     momentum, inspired development of the plan and united and connected members. Working group members
     said reconciliation:
     •• will be achieved when we no longer just talk about it … it’s a part of everyday life
     •• results from working through issues together and building common ground and common goals
     •• deepens when we have real understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences
        and cultures
     •• means seeing the whole person—not just their culture or race
     •• occurs when we are connected to nature and recognise the spirit that unites us
     •• is a privilege for those who look after our land and water
     •• takes time to recognise and learn from past political and historical events
     •• requires action in the present to transform our collective future
     •• is part of what shifts social disadvantage
     •• has deep roots in strong cultural traditions
     •• takes mutual respect and understanding
     •• lives in conversations among and between departmental staff, our primary stakeholders and the
        wider public and private sectors at individual, family, community, regional, state and national levels
     •• means accepting each other and our diversity
     •• achieves new relationships, creates opportunity and advances respect and recognition
     •• is a vehicle for righting past wrongs
     •• promotes integrity and unity.

           ‘To me, reconciliation means all Australians are taking ownership of our shared
           history and taking a shared responsibility for our future. This relates to not just our
           history of colonisation but also our development, our military history, our science
           history, our sporting history—everything. As a proud ambassador, I am able to
           contribute to this journey to reconciliation.’
           Dennis Seinor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassador, Sydney
           regional office.

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Extending respect
Water, Coorong and Ngarrindjeri
Since 2011 the department has assisted the SA government and the Ngarrindjeri people to care for wetlands
south-east of Adelaide through the Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Recovery Project.
The five-year project aims to help manage the Coorong region as a chain of healthy, productive and resilient
saltwater lagoons and wetlands of international importance. The Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority actively
undertakes natural and cultural resource management. Participation in the Coorong project has increased
Ngarrindjeri knowledge and understanding of legislation, policy, management and planning processes, and
refined natural resource management practices.
The project has provided opportunities for community members to improve capacity and skills to conduct
on-ground caring for country work in nurseries, revegetation projects, pest and weed control, and site
monitoring. Ngarrindjeri Elders and young people have worked together, facilitating intergenerational
transfer of cultural knowledge. They have deepened their knowledge of country and improved their natural
resource and project management skills. This in turn has led to the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority and
its member organisations developing significant training, employment and business opportunities. These
opportunities have created employment for Ngarrindjeri people and greatly improved the region and
the nation.
The project has improved personal, community and Ngarrindjeri nation resilience. It has built
on the interconnections of people, land, water and all living things for more sustainable natural
resource management.

Eastern reach of Coorong National Park

Photograph: Rachael Boyce

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Ngarrindjeri Ngopamuldi employees replanting Terringie wetland

     Kevin Kropinyeri Jnr (left) and Keith Rigney Jnr (right), at Raukkan.
     Photograph: SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

             ‘Before the RAP consultation I thought I was the only Indigenous officer in Adelaide,
             but now another Indigenous officer has identified himself. The ambassador’s role is
             a bit more involved with the network and helping with the RAP and NAIDOC Week.’
             Hedley Vogt, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassador,
             Adelaide regional office.

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Our commitments—extending respect and recognition
TABLE A1 Cultural learning—informs, reflects and transforms
Action                                  Measureable target                                             Responsibility             Time line
A1.1 Cultural learning                  Implement and review a cultural learning training              Assistant                  Commence
Increase knowledge                      strategy that supports staff through online                    Secretary (AS),            March 2017; fully
and understanding of                    channels, face-to-face workshops and cultural                  People Capability          implemented by
Aboriginal and Torres Strait            immersion opportunities across national and                    supported by AS            March 2019
Islander cultures, histories            regional offices                                               Science Services
and achievements in
the department                          4,500 staff (85 per cent) to complete diversity                                           Diversity e-learning
                                        e-learning and 500 staff (or 10 per cent) to                                              by May 2017 and
                                        complete Core e-learning a                                                                Core e-learning by
                                                                                                                                  April 2017
                                        Deliver face-to-face cultural learning to executive                                       Face-to-face pilot
                                        staff, RAP implementation group members                                                   completed by
                                        and supervisors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait                                           September 2017
                                        Islander staff and graduates
                                        Pilot and deliver face-to-face cultural competency                                        Complete
                                        training to 80 per cent of biosecurity service                                            competency training
                                        delivery staff in community liaison roles                                                 pilot by March 2018
                                        Provide supervisors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait                                       October 2017
                                        Islander staff with RAP implementation resources
                                        in liaison with Reconciliation Australia: target
                                        100 supervisors
a Core Cultural Learning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia (Core) is an innovative online course designed by the Australian Institute of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in cooperation with the Australian Government and the University of Sydney to strengthen
cultural competency.

TABLE A2 Cultural recognition of the longest-surviving continuous cultures in the world

Action                                  Measureable target                                            Responsibility                 Time line
A2.1 NAIDOC week                        Review human resources policies to remove                     Assistant Secretary            NAIDOC Week
Recognise and celebrate                 barriers to, and encourage all staff participation            (AS), People Capability        annually
departmental connection                 in, NAIDOC Week activities
to culture, country and                 Target 250 staff, 15 stakeholders and
community in NAIDOC Week                10 community partners to participate in internal
                                        or public NAIDOC week activities nationally
                                        Provide opportunities for all Aboriginal and                  Secretary                      NAIDOC Week
                                        Torres Strait Islander staff to participate in local                                         annually
                                        NAIDOC Week events
                                        Remind all staff and supervisors to
                                        accommodate staff participation in cultural and
                                        community activities during NAIDOC Week
A2.2 New media                          Update This is our land—these are our people       AS, Design and Change December 2017
Recognise and promote the               video and distribute to staff through the internal
contribution of Indigenous              website (mylink and #thatsmystory); 20 per cent
staff across the department             of staff to access the video link
and with our stakeholders and
communities using websites              Support and distribute audio recordings of at                 AS, Design and Change June 2018
and social media                        least five intimate dialogues between staff on
                                        reconciliation

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TABLE A3 Cultural acknowledgement—shows respect, appreciation commitment

     Action                              Measureable target                                Responsibility       Time line
     A3.1 Cultural                       Review, update and promote Acknowledgement Assistant Secretary         April annually
     acknowledgement                     of Country and Welcome to Country guidelines (AS), People
     Demonstrate respect,                for departmental ceremonies                    Capability
     appreciation and commitment         Compile public documents on cultural protocols
     to Aboriginal and Torres            relevant to each state and territory and
     Strait Islander peoples and         specific regions. Make these available via the
     communities by embedding            department’s intranet site.
     cultural acknowledgement and
     protocols.                          Maintain a list of key contacts who deliver a     AS, Service Delivery Review annually in
                                         Welcome to Country in each region                 and ambassadors      May (NRW)
                                         Include an Acknowledgment of Country at the       Indigenous           Review annually in
                                         start of important internal meetings; invite      Champions            May (NRW)
                                         Traditional Owners or Custodians to give a
                                         Welcome to Country at 10 significant events
                                         across Australia each year
                                         Promote Acknowledgement of Country practice AS, People                 March 2017
                                         by staff through provision of words used in     Capability
                                         voluntary email signature blocks, lanyard cards
                                         and on the departmental internal website
     A3.2 Community language             Pay the Community Language Allowance to           AS, Science Services Allowance paid
     allowance                           all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff                        annually in July
     Acknowledge and encourage           working in the Torres Strait and Northern
     the use and retention of local      Peninsular area who use a language other than
     languages in daily use.             English in their daily work

     A3.3 Eliminate bias and             Sign the Australian Human Rights Commission       Secretary and AS,    October 2017
     racism                              support agreement ‘Racism. It stops with me’      Design and Change
     Establish fair and equitable        50 per cent of Senior Executive Service to sign
     workplaces where diversity          and promote
     is the norm and staff
     demonstrate a commitment            Provide face-to-face unconscious bias training    AS, People           Regular workshops in
     to remove racism                    (to recognise and address the barriers that limit Capability           2017 and 2019
                                         opportunities for diversity groups) for 400 staff
                                         across all locations

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Roper River (Mole Hill region), Mangarrayi/Ngalakan country

Map and photograph: Simon Normand

Mangarrayi culture—caring for country
The Mangarrayi lands lie to the south-east of Katherine and include dry country, escarpments, swamps
and the cool, shaded creeks and billabongs of the Roper River region. Elsey National Park, on the site of old
Elsey Station, forms part of Mangarrayi country—which is shared with wallabies, kingfishers, flying foxes,
kangaroos and many other species. To the east of the national park, along the banks of the Roper River and
Elsey Creek, is the community of Jilkminggan and the home of the Mangarrayi.
At the request of the Jilkminggan community, maps of the country were painted to document the region and
its biodiversity, to preserve and pass on the traditional knowledge of the Mangarrayi lands.
The maps were produced through the shared effort of the artist and photographer Simon Normand and the
Mangarrayi Elders over many years. Simon was a teacher in the community over 20 years ago and, although
not Aboriginal, the trust built between him and Mangarrayi people brought life to the maps.
The prints were created through a Caring for our Country grant to the Roper River Landcare Group. Its goal
was to assist Mangarrayi people in marrying traditional and contemporary land management knowledge
and practices to protect and conserve the resources and biodiversity of their lands while preserving their
heritage, law and culture.
The prints are one product of the grant. They were gifted to the department in acknowledgement of its
support for this project. With permission of Traditional Custodians and the artist, they were displayed in
2016 in the Canberra offices as part of National Reconciliation Week events.

       ‘To me, reconciliation means having a healthy personal and professional respect for
       all people. It means working together regardless of race, religion, belief or status. We
       all bleed red! We are all equal! We are all one people!’
       Gayle Heron, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassador,
       Darwin regional office.

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Northern futures
     Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers have strengthened biosecurity surveillance across northern
     Australia for many years. Recently, this has been expanded through funding initiatives identified in the
     Our north, our future: White Paper on developing northern Australia ($12.4 million from 2015–16 to 2018–19).
     The department has longstanding relationships with Torres Strait Regional Authority (TRSA) land and
     sea rangers, and their communities, and agencies such as Australian Border Force and the Department of
     Foreign Affairs and Trade. Together we protect land and sea environments from exotic pests, weeds and
     disease threats.
     In 2016 the department hosted a ranger forum. Rangers from across northern Australia came together
     to develop relationships, exchange knowledge and skills, and build a strong working foundation for
     collaborative biosecurity services. Future annual meetings are planned. These will not only build our
     capacity but strengthen our resilience to emerging biosecurity threats.
     Before setting fruit fly traps, departmental officers seek support and permission from landowners and
     Traditional Custodians. The department also works with the Torres Strait community to raise awareness of
     biosecurity risks, which has resulted in early reporting and responses to exotic pests, weeds and diseases.
     Officers advise visitors and community representatives on how to maintain high levels of compliance with
     Torres Strait biosecurity regulations.
     Torres Strait rangers’ experience, knowledge, expertise, professionalism and hard work are critical to
     biosecurity operations.

     Drone technology
     The department is extending biosecurity partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
     This is critical to securing the priceless ecological diversity of Australia. The department is supporting this
     work by recruiting new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, establishing the Indigenous Rangers
     Biosecurity Network, and developing and delivering tropical biosecurity training for and by rangers and
     their communities. As a part of this work, the department is piloting the use of drones to support rangers
     with surveillance of tropical biosecurity.
     Rowan Shee, Indigenous Protected Area Manager, Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation,
     north of Cairns, explains:

           The drones should be useful for weed surveys; for example, at this time of year
           pond apple sheds a lot of its leaves, and the bare twigs and branches can be much
           easier to spot from the air compared to trudging through swampy country and
           riparian areas trying to spot it from under the canopy. Eventually, more advanced
           drones could be used to survey the length of the upper East Normanby for salvinia
           weed, saving a four-day remote walk for rangers.
           Similarly, the drones should be able to reduce search time on marine debris
           removal activities. Where the debris collects mainly in smaller sections of the
           coast, we can head straight to those areas in the boat.

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I think flying the drone along access tracks just after the wet will give us a quick
        picture of how much work is needed to make the track accessible again. In the
        vehicle, when you get to the first tree fall across the track [you have to decide] … is
        it worth chain-sawing through it and dragging it all away, or are there another 50
        tree falls over the next kilometre?
        They’ll be useful for getting aerial photos of work sites. At Old Daintree Mission
        cemetery we think drone imagery will be better at identifying the shallow
        depressions of old grave sites than just going on foot.

Jabalbina rangers display the Phantom 3 drone

Ranger Thomas Houghton (left) and Team Leader Bradley Creek (right).
Photograph: Rowan Shee

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Our commitments—northern futures
     TABLE B1 Economic diversification—stimulates thinking, identifies collaboration

     Action                              Measureable target                                            Responsibility Time line
     B1.1 First foods                    Hold a workshop with relevant stakeholders in portfolio       Assistant         September 2018
     Identify social and economic        agencies, research and development corporations and           Secretary (AS),
     diversification opportunities       authorities of Traditional Owners and Custodians to discuss   Live Animal
     with Aboriginal and Torres          opportunities for the production of traditional foods         Exports
     Strait Islander partners and        and fibres
     communities

     TABLE B2 Cultural acknowledgement—demonstrates respect and commitment

     Action                              Measureable target                                            Responsibility Time line
     B2.1 Permits and access             Review, use and promote the department’s permit and           AS, Science       June 2018
     Demonstrate respect to              land access obligations when conducting remote area           Services,
     Aboriginal and Torres Strait        training, research, meetings and projects on country          supported
     Islander communities by                                                                           by northern
     seeking appropriate permits                                                                       ambassadors
     and access to country

     TABLE B3 Biosecurity capability—protects Australia from exotic pests and diseases

     Action                              Measureable target                                            Responsibility Time line
     B3.1 Biosecurity                    Employment opportunities                                      AS, Science       June 2019
     Strengthen Aboriginal and           Increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait           Services
     Torres Strait Islander capacity     Islander ranger groups actively delivering biosecurity
     for biosecurity surveillance        services across northern Australia by 50 per cent
     across Northern Australia           Increase the number of identified positions for Aboriginal                      June 2018
                                         and Torres Strait Islander staff working in biosecurity in
                                         northern Australia by at least six
                                         Training opportunities                                                          December 2017
                                         Provide opportunities for northern Australian Aboriginal
                                         and Torres Strait Islander rangers in emergency response
                                         training: target 30
                                         Establish biosecurity training capability in Aboriginal                         September 2018
                                         and Torres Strait Islander organisations: target three
                                         organisations to pilot training delivery
                                         Skills exchange                                                                 June 2018
                                         A biosecurity-focused network for Aboriginal and Torres
                                         Strait Islander land and sea rangers to be established and
                                         meet annually

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Ambassador Eric Cottis investigating illegal fishing debris

Photograph: Kerry Trapnell

        I find our department gives a high degree of respect to Traditional Owners and the
        Custodians of Country—more than many other government departments. Respect is
        an essential part of Indigenous culture. Respecting LORE, which is Indigenous law, as
        well as western law is very important to me.’
        Eric Cottis, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassador, Bamaga

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Inspired partnerships
     Malak Malak Rangers care for country
     The NT Malak Malak Rangers have partnered with the department’s Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy
     (NAQS) programme for more than 25 years to care for 30,000 hectares of land bordering the iconic Daly
     River between Darwin and Katherine. The department and the Malak Malak Rangers share a common
     interest in caring for country and people.
     The rangers first worked with the department to monitor exotic pests and diseases. Its role has since
     expanded to include extensive invasive weed management programmes and surveillance of exotic pests and
     diseases. The rangers breed and distribute biological control species and have successfully eradicated dense
     infestations of salvinia and mimosa weeds.
     The rangers have built on the success of these programmes and expanded into allied programmes. Six
     rangers have completed a Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance and work regularly with the NT Department
     of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Australian Border Force and the NT Police. The Rangers conduct joint
     patrols with these agencies to identify potential breaches of recreational fishing regulations.
     The achievements of the Malak Malak Rangers in the Daly River have raised the profile of their partnership
     with the department and the NT Government.

     Malak Malak rangers in training

     Rangers work with departmental community liaison officers and veterinary officers to minimise biosecurity risk posed by feral pigs.
     Photograph: Elizabeth McCrudden

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Our commitments—inspired partnerships extend
reconciliation impact
TABLE C1 Events and celebrations—build relationships, deepen unity, value contributions

Action                          Measureable target                                             Responsibility            Time line
C1.1 National                   Organise, register with Reconciliation Australia and           Assistant Secretary       May (NRW)
Reconciliation Week             publicise three events in Canberra and at least one event      (AS), People              annually
(NRW)                           in each regional office, including Torres Strait               Capability, and
Bring people together                                                                          ambassadors
to build relationships in
acknowledgement of NRW          Sponsor one external NRW event with a community                AS, Design and            May (NRW)
                                organisation and encourage staff and senior leaders to         Change                    annually
                                participate

C1.2 Innovation and             Establish guidelines and present a Secretary’s award for       Indigenous                Guidelines
awards                          reconciliation                                                 Champions and AS,         and fund by
Acknowledge all staff efforts   Establish an innovation fund for piloting new approaches       People Capability         April 2017
and promote reconciliation      to reconciliation                                                                        Awarded
innovation                                                                                                               annually in
                                                                                                                         May (NRW)

TABLE C2 Engagement and communication—creates connections, informs decisions

Action                          Measureable target                                           Responsibility             Time line
C2.1 Internal engagement RAP Forum                                               Assistant Secretary                    Annually—in
Communicate directly with Promote RAP Forum e-membership to 500 staff, update (AS), People Capability                   May (NRW)
a wide range of staff and  RAP website and host two face-to-face events annually                                        and in July
stakeholders to expand the                                                                                              (NAIDOC
reach/extent of our RAP                                                                                                 Week)
                                Social media                                                 AS, Design and Change November
                                Investigate and pilot new social media for ambassadors                             2017
                                and networks to communicate and build connections
                                Engagement plan                                              AS, Design and Change June 2017
                                Implement and review a strategy to communicate our
                                RAP to all staff
                                ‘RAP the Grads’                                              AS, People Capability      October
                                Provide 10 reconciliation-themed quiz questions for                                     annually
                                annual graduate end-of-year fundraising function
                                Research First Australians charities and support one
                                charity before 2019

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TABLE C3 Partnerships and outreach—with networks, partners and communities

     Action                          Measureable target                                         Responsibility     Time line
     C3.1 External networks          Networks                                                   Assistant          Network meetings
     and outreach                    Target participation in three regional co-located          Secretary (AS),    quarterly, as
     Promote reconciliation          networks:                                                  Science Services   prescribed locally
     through ongoing active          the Top End RAP network in Darwin                          Indigenous
     engagement with all             APS Indigenous Champions network                           Champions
     stakeholders, including         APSC Indigenous capacity forums in Canberra                AS, People
     networks and portfolio                                                                     Capability
     agencies
                                     Partners                                                   Indigenous         Promote in March
                                     Promote our RAP with all departmental portfolio            Champions          2017 and July 2019
                                     agencies
                                     Secretary to write to partner organisations to promote
                                     reconciliation and engage 10 agencies
                                     Outreach                                                   First Assistant    Reported
                                     Develop staff relationships with four external             Secretary, Service annually—in May
                                     stakeholders per region per year to encourage staff        Delivery           (NRW) and in July
                                     to engage externally with Elders, guest speakers,                             (NAIDOC Week)
                                     consultants, schools, universities and regional
                                     community events
                                     Engagement plan                                            AS, Design and     November 2017
                                     Implement and review our national engagement plan          Change
                                     to work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
                                     stakeholders                                               Ambassadors        August annually
                                     Meet local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
                                     organisations in each of nine regions to develop guiding
                                     principles for future engagement
     C3.2 Sponsorships and           Sponsor three national and three local events/             AS, Science         August annually
     partnerships                    organisations that promote reconciliation goals, such as   Services,
     Sponsor, partner and            Garma festival and trade shows                             supported by AS,
     support Aboriginal and                                                                     People Capability,
     Torres Strait Islander                                                                     and all AS, Service
     communities                                                                                Delivery
                                     Commit to three formal two-way partnerships to             AS, Science       August annually
                                     build capacity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander    Services
                                     organisations and/or communities relevant to agriculture   supported by
                                     and water resources                                        AS, Design and
                                                                                                Change, AS,
                                                                                                People Capability
                                     Increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait        AS, Science        February 2018
                                     Islander ranger groups undertaking biosecurity work        Services
                                     with the department to at least 70

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Rewarding careers
Jawun experience
The Jawun programme builds capacity and exchanges skills through secondments of private and public
sector employees to Aboriginal corporations and communities. Kat Waterhouse is a departmental staff
member who has undertaken a Jawun secondment. Kat explained how the experience enriched her
personally and professionally:

        In the language of the Kuku Yalanji people of the Mossman George, Cape York,
        ‘jawun’ means friend. My Jawun experience in a Yolŋu (Yolngu) community about
        20 kilometres from Nhulunbuy, in north-east Arnhem Land—where people
        remain very strongly connected to culture, community and land—led to more
        than friendship.
        My project was to develop a human resources strategy and accompanying policies
        and processes for Gumatj, an organisation that uses private capital to develop and
        sustain economic opportunities for Yolŋu people. I welcomed the professional
        challenge of a role very different from my usual one, but the real learning for me
        was outside the office and work hours.
        With my public servant hat on, my time on community made me appreciate just
        how removed policymakers and programme administrators are from the people
        and communities these programmes affect. A policy tweak in federal government
        can cascade into really fundamental changes on the ground, especially for the
        supporting service providers and organisations—often significant employers in
        remote communities.
        From a personal perspective, I feel very lucky to now know a little about Yolŋu
        culture and to have more insight into and awareness of some of the challenges for
        remote communities particularly. My Jawun experience made me appreciate just
        how intricate, diverse and complex First Australian cultures are. I feel honoured
        to have learned from, made friends with and participated in extending the
        capability of community members.

Gäluru (East Woody Beach) at sunset

Photograph: Susan Diver-Tuck

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Farewell message for Jawun programme participants

     Note: In Yolŋu, ‘nhäma’ means ‘see you later’.
     Photograph: Kat Waterhouse

             ‘I encourage the building of a supportive workplace for all of our staff. This will
             help to focus and support strategies to retain our Aboriginal and Torres Strait
             Islander employees.’
             Christine Hoy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassador,
             Perth regional office.
             ‘Reconciliation is very important to me. Being part of the Indigenous network in the
             North-East has allowed me to promote understanding and awareness of Aboriginal
             culture. I enjoy teaching people, but I have also learnt many things about Aboriginal
             history and tradition that I may not have learnt otherwise’.
             Harry Colbey, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassador,
             Brisbane regional office.

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Our commitments—rewarding careers provide opportunities
TABLE D1 Recruitment—increases number of First Australians employed

Action                           Measureable target                                  Responsibility           Time line
D1.1 Recruitment                 Employment strategy                                 Chair, Aboriginal        Development
Increase Aboriginal and Torres   Develop, implement, review and update our           and Torres Strait        March 2017
Strait Islander recruitment      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment    Islander Employees       Review annually, in
to achieve APSC target of        Strategy and Action Plan 2017–2019 with             Committee                May (NRW)
2.5 per cent of staff            Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassadors
                                 Entry level programmes                               Assistant Secretary     Targets set
                                 Participate in existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait (AS), People            February 2017
                                 Islander entry-level programmes and expand           Capability              Review annually, in
                                 recruitment opportunities into regional offices.                             May (NRW)
                                 Annual targets:
                                 Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme (six
                                 positions)
                                 Indigenous Australian Government Development
                                 Programme (two positions)
                                 establish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
                                 stream in department graduate programme (two
                                 positions)
                                 pilot CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship
                                 Program for three interns
                                 Special Measures and Identified positions           AS, People Services      October 2018
                                 Promote use of Special Measures and Identified
                                 positions and support staff to understand these
                                 when recruiting
                                 Appoint 15 staff across department (five per
                                 year), including in human resources, property,
                                 biosecurity and information services
                                 Advertising and promotion                           AS, Design and           November 2018
                                 Promote entry level recruitment of First            Change
                                 Australians by visiting three universities and
                                 schools annually
                                 Support divisions to use social and other media
                                 appropriate to the opportunity

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TABLE D2 Retention and development—lengthens First Australians’ careers

     Action                             Measureable target                                    Responsibility           Time line
     D2.1 Retention and                 Internal mentoring and coaching                       Assistant Secretary      July 2017
     development                        Extend graduate mentoring arrangements to             (AS), People
     Increase support for Aboriginal    cover all entry-level Aboriginal and Torres Strait    Capability
     and Torres Strait Islander staff   Islander employees who choose to opt in—
                                        10 pairs each year
                                        Staff support                                         AS, People               March 2017
                                        Pilot an advisory and support telephone service       Capability
                                        for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and
                                        their managers—to be used by 20 staff
                                        Enterprise agreement                                  AS, People Services      December 2019
                                        Maintain cultural provisions in enterprise
                                        agreement
     D2.2 Capacity                      Leadership                                      AS, People                     July 2019
     Extend and develop Aboriginal      Promote leadership training and talent          Capability
     and Torres Strait Islander         development opportunities for 10 Aboriginal and
     capacity and enhance career        Torres Strait Islander staff each year
     development
                                        Short-term secondments                                Supervisors of all       Quarterly
                                        Support staff learning and career prospects           Aboriginal and           performance
                                        through job shadowing, stretch projects, on-          Torres Strait Islander   reviews—to be
                                        country placement and job-swaps                       staff                    checked July 2018
                                                                                                                       and evaluated
                                                                                                                       December 2019
                                        Conference                                       AS, Science Services September 2018
                                        Convene a two-yearly national meeting of
                                        Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to
                                        develop skills, share experiences and inform the
                                        Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment
                                        Strategy and Action Plan

     TABLE D3 Cultural recognition—of First Australians’ heritage and cultures

     Action                              Measureable target                                   Responsibility           Time line
     D3.1 Cultural recognition           Cultural immersion programmes                        Assistant Secretary,     February, May,
     Recognise and incorporate           The department submits applicants to four            People Capability        August and
     Aboriginal and Torres Strait        secondment programmes per year, including the                                 November annually
     Islander heritage and culture       Jawun APS Indigenous Community Secondment
     into the department                 Programme

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Collective decisions
Governance is the process of decision-making and practice of implementing those decisions. In the context
of reconciliation, this means shared decision-making and open dialogue in the department, with our
stakeholders and in our communities. This focus area specifies how we collectively decide on:
•• the history, structure and process of reconciliation action planning
•• mechanisms for monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement
•• principles for procurement, property and prosperity.

Reconciliation Action Plan process
The department has produced reconciliation action plans since 2007. It uses them to guide and set the
agenda for its reconciliation efforts and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and
stakeholders. This RAP was developed using Reconciliation Australia’s best-practice governance principles
for organisations developing and implementing these plans. The department has adopted these governance
principles and processes for its RAP working group and RAP forum. The working group provides authority
to inform, direct and advise RAP development through consensus-based decision-making. The forum was
designed to spread influence, grow networks, increase ownership and deepen unity (Figure 2).
The 2017–2019 RAP is the result of the dedication, passion and commitment of the department’s Indigenous
Champions, working group, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassadors, employee networks, RAP
forum and RAP facilitation team. We have worked to embed reconciliation in the department, with our
stakeholders and with our communities. It has been a collaborative production.
The success of the RAP will depend on the department’s vision, the working group’s governance and the
values staff demonstrate in the workplace. We are ambitious in expecting that we will learn from any
occasional failures in our determination to achieve reconciliation. Together we aim to represent best practice
in the Australian Public Service and broader RAP community. We will model a workplace where Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander and other cultures are respected and engaged.

FIGURE 2 Reconciliation Action Plan governance structures

                                              Indigenous
                                              Champions
                                             Advocacy and
                                             accountability

                                                                    Aboriginal and
                    RAP forum            RAP working group
                                                                 Torres Strait Islander
                    Widespread           and RAP facilitator
                                                                  employee network
                    engagement          Advice, implementation
                                             and reporting            Widespread
                                                                     engagement

                                           Ambassadors and
                                              RAP liaison
                                             Local oversight
                                            and coordination

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Reconciliation Action Plan working group
     Working group membership included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ambassadors, the chair of the
     Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Committee and representatives from eight departmental
     divisions. It was chaired on rotation, based on voluntary contribution to corporate citizenship rather than
     formal representation of a region or division. The group held monthly meetings from May to December 2016.
     A RAP implementation group will meet quarterly to implement, monitor and assess RAP strategies and
     actions in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
     The working group is guided by principles of inclusivity, sustainability, transparency, integrity and
     accountability (detailed in the terms of reference). It has a clear purpose to:
     •• provide advice and support for the RAP facilitation and planning processes
     •• develop, endorse, launch and operationalise the RAP

     The RAP implementation group replaced the working group after its conclusion in December 2016.

     Reconciliation Action Plan forum
     Membership is open to all staff. The Indigenous Champion called for expressions of interest from interested
     Australian Public Service (APS), Executive Level (EL) and Senior Executive Service (SES) staff. Face-to-face
     RAP events were held in National Reconciliation Week and in NAIDOC week 2016. The forum is inclusive of
     cultural and demographic difference. The Indigenous Champion encourages supervisors to allow staff time
     for reconciliation and taking RAP actions.
     The purpose of the RAP forum is to:
     •• reach and communicate directly with a wide range of staff, especially in the RAP assessment and
        engagement phase
     •• promote departmental reconciliation initiatives and support colleagues through their divisional,
        regional and personal networks
     •• run informal events, online forums, active social media, dedicated dialogues and
        occasional meetings.

     Ambassadors
     Ambassadors represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in the national office and each regional
     office, including the Torres Strait Islands. They initiate and lead the employee networks (also known as
     RAP-links networks). Ambassadors support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, provide input to
     departmental policies and strategies, and highlight the contributions of all staff to reconciliation.

     Indigenous Champions
     Department Secretary Daryl Quinlivan and Deputy Secretary Lyn O’Connell are committed and passionate
     Indigenous and RAP champions. Together they have represented the interests of the department’s Aboriginal
     and Torres Strait Islander employees at national, regional and external meetings across the Australian Public
     Service. The champions encourage staff engagement through ambassadors’ networks and participation in
     diversity initiatives and events.

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RAP working group members and guests meet Indigenous Champions on proposed reconciliation actions

Seated (L-R) Jessica Tapsell, Anna Carr, Kat Waterhouse, Dakota Killer, Gayle Heron, Paul Pak Poy
Standing (L-R) John Gray, Hedley Vogt, Christine Hoy, Vanessa Berry, Steven Burggraaff, Travis Power, Lyn O’Connell, Mary Colreavy, Dennis Seinor, Emily Canning,
Daryl Quinlivan, Rebecca Russell, Andrew Pennington, Bruce Lansdown, Nick Hamilton. Photograph: Brett Richards

Our commitments—on decisions, success, procurement
TABLE E1 Shared decision making–influences and promotes self-determination

Action                                Measureable target                                           Responsibility            Time line
E1.1 RAP implementation               Meet quarterly to oversee the development,         Assistant Secretary                 February, May,
group                                 implementation, legacy and evaluation of current (AS), People                          August and
Actively promote the RAP              and future RAPs                                    Capability                          November 2017 and
and support reconciliation            Establish terms of reference for the group. Ensure                                     2018
initiatives across the agency         the implementation group has Aboriginal and
                                      Torres Strait Islander membership
                                      Extend RAP ownership and reconciliation capacity Ambassadors                           Rotations from
                                      through rotating the RAP ambassador role in      and Indigenous                        February to July and
                                      People Capability branch through two placements Champions                              August to December
                                      per year of two to six months each                                                     annually
E1.2 Ambassadors and           Support ambassadors and RAP sponsors in                             AS, People           March 2017
networks                       each regional office and identify clear roles and                   Capability, and all
Build an inclusive, dynamic    responsibilities                                                    AS, Service Delivery
and tolerant workplace culture
                               Establish or extend regional networks in Adelaide,                  Chair, Aboriginal         June 2017
                               Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne,                      and Torres Strait         Regional network
                               Perth, Torres Strait Islands and Sydney                             Islander Employee         meetings as required
                               Strengthen national Aboriginal and Torres Strait                    Committee
                               Islander Employee Network
E1.3 Divisional business              Reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander                Indigenous                Divisional plans set
plans                                 outcomes and reconciliation goals in all divisional          Champions                 July annually and
Integrate and coordinate              plans and performance reviews (16 divisions in                                         reviewed in January
reconciliation into our core          2017)                                                                                  annually
business
                                      Divisions that work with Aboriginal and Torres      Indigenous                         March and
                                      Strait Islander policy matters meet twice yearly to Champions                          September annually
                                      share data and advice

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